[ALERT] UCT announces fee increases

Tuition fees will increase by 8%, residence fees by 10% and catering fees by 12%.

UCT vice chancellor Max Price (second from right) and his management team at a briefing on 2 November 2017. Picture: Graig-Lee Smith/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town (UCT) has announced it will increase tuition fees by 8%.

Students from homes with an annual income of below R600,000, however, will not be affected.

UCT vice-chancellor Max Price says council has also decided to increase residence fees by 10% and catering fees by 12%.

The council decision was taken on 9 December before President Jacob Zuma announced fee-free education for first-year students on 16 December.

Max Price says he delayed announcing the increases in the hope that the university may have received greater clarity on Zuma's announcement on funding and fees.

Price says there is still considerable uncertainty on whether and how the policy announced by the president will be introduced.

The vice-chancellor says the decision to increase tuition and residence fees was not taken lightly and was taken after consulting with the student representative council.

Price says UCT's fees may appear to be high relative to some other universities, but he explains unlike most other universities, UCT's tuition fee includes services like WiFi, libraries, computer centres and shuttle services.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)